Monthly Archives: February 2014

HOUSTON MAN ADMITS TO SELLING STOLEN CARS!

image

George Baumanis, 59, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport stolen property in interstate commerce, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
 
Baumanis operated a car dealership called Primus Northwest located at 10600 West Road in Houston. He would browse Internet sites seeking for cars being sold by owners and travel around the country to purchase them.

image

 
Owners were persuaded to sell by promising to pay the balance of the note or lease on the cars. In the presence of the owners, checks for payment of the loan or lease in full were mailed and the cars would then be transported to Primus Northwest in Houston where the dealership would attempt to sell them. However, the checks were executed by Primus Northwest but without sufficient funds in the account. The lien holders were never repaid. 
 
In one instance, a victim from Michigan leased a 2010 Volvo S80 from U.S. Bank and later sold the vehicle to Primus Northwest based on the promise to pay off that lease. U.S. Bank received two fraudulent checks from Primus Northwest totaling $22,187.35. No payoff was ever received by U.S. Bank and Baumanis later fraudulently sold the vehicle in Texas.
 
Dennis Kane was allegedly a partner of Baumanis in this scheme. The case against him is pending and he is presumed innocent unless and until found guilty through due process of law.
 
U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr., who accepted the guilty plea, has set sentencing for May 23, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. At that time, he faces up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine. He was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing. d to remain free on bail pending sentencing.
 
The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Houston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Hileman is prosecuting.

NO REFUSAL KICKS OFF IN HARRIS COUNTY WITH THE START OFF RODEO SEASON!

District Attorney Devon Anderson announced today that her office is launching a no refusal initiative every weekend in March as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and other festivities get underway. There will be extra prosecutors on duty to assist law enforcement agencies in filing cases on arrested intoxicated drivers. The first no refusal initiative weekend will start on Thursday, February 27th, and last through the morning of Sunday, March 2nd.   “Launching a no refusal initiative, which is funded by a state grant, allows us to get intoxicated drivers off the roads faster than on our 24/7 no refusal days. Extra prosecutors are made available to handle more drivers on the roads during big events or holidays,” said D.A. Anderson. “We want you to enjoy the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Spring Break, and St. Patrick’s Day but at the same time be safe.”  Under the no refusal law, a search warrant will be issued to draw the blood of any suspected intoxicated driver who refuses a breathalyzer or to give a blood sample.  In April 2013, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office became one of the first Houston Area counties to enforce no refusal every day.  “The goal of the initiative is to try and lower the numbers across the board, reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads and ultimately save lives,” said Alison Baimbridge, Chief of Vehicular Crimes Section in the Harris County DA’s Office. “If you plan to drink alcohol, please designate a sober driver. We hold a very disheartening national title of the most DWI fatalities. Let’s share the message with family and friends to not drink and drive.”  Over the past 3 years, the number of DWI related incidents in the month of March have remained unsettling. In 2011, there were 557 arrests and 3 fatalities. In 2012, there were 497 arrests and 0 fatalities. In 2013, there were 591 arrests and 2 fatalities. For Spring Break and St. Patrick’s Day, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office also plans to have additional prosecutors working on Thursday, March 13th through the morning of Monday, March 17th.

TEAM USO AT THE HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO FOR VETERANS!

image

image

image

image

USO Houston, along with Direct Energy and our other corporate underwriters, allow complimentary access to the Team USO BBQ tent to active military and military family members on Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st.

We’re the only tent out at cook-off that is exclusively for the troops, and all they need to do is flash their military ID at the tent entrance to gain access to free BBQ, beverages, and live music. Johnny Trigg (aka the Godfather of BBQ) is competing out of our tent, plus we’ve got live entertainment – to include the USO Show Troupe – lined up.

NO REFUSAL FOR THE KICK OFF OF RODEO SEASON!

image

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson will kick off a major no refusal iniative this week.

This comes as we approach the start of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
image

D.A. spokesperson Camille Hepola says they’ve seen a record number of drunk driving cases in Harris County this year and they want to prepare for the worst.

No refusal is a policy where law enforcement officers can forece you to do a blood draw if you’re suspected of drinking and driving.

The campaign kicks off this week in Harris County!

ACRES HOMES RESIDENTS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT A PERMIT FEE FOR THEIR HORSES!

image

Residents in Houston’s Acres Homes are concerned about a potential fee they could be slapped with in the near future.

Houston City Councilman Jerry Davis says BARC is considering a policy change that would charge those who have livestock on their property an annual permitting fee.

Right now Davis, who is still trying to inform the public, says that fee could be $50 annually per property.

That’s of special concern to those who live in Acres Homes because many of the residents have livestock on their property like horses.

Davis says nothing is on stone just yet and a special Council committee is exploring the issue.

FREE BACKGROUND CHECKS IN HARRIS COUNTY!

image

Few know about a useful service provided by the Harris County District Clerk’s Office: free criminal background checks.

 

Anyone can perform a background check by going on the District Clerk’s web site, www.hcdistrictclerk.com, and clicking on the icon of the magnifying glass over a thumbprint.

 
image

The free background checks are part of my effort to modernize the District Clerk’s Office and make non-confidential electronic records available to the public. The public should reap the benefits of modernization and new technology. Transparency is always to be valued.
 

Background checks tap District Clerk’s records going back to 1977. The background check is not comparable to an FBI criminal background check, which would include records from all 50 states.

 

My office provides records only of Harris County cases. These records will not reveal whether a person was convicted of an offense in another state or even a nearby county.

 

Such searches, nonetheless, could be helpful to:

·       Small businesses: Owners and managers may want to conduct a preliminary background check on a job applicant before paying for a full background check. If red flags come up during the preliminary background check, there may be no need to pay for a full check.

·       Someone hiring a contractor: A homeowner may run a background check to see if a contractor has a record in Harris County before hiring the worker.

·       Civic clubs: Many clubs take an interest in neighborhood safety.

THE ISIAH FACTOR WITH ACTION IN ACRES HOMES AND SLIM THUG DAY IN HOUSTON!

Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston

Press Release from Slim Thug’s public relations rep:

Houston rapper Slim Thug received his own day as a reward for his good deeds and active involvement within the Houston community.
 
On behalf of Council Member Jerry Davis and Mayor Annise D. Parker, February 25, 2014 was officially declared as “Slim Thug” day Tuesday afternoon in Houston’s City Hall.
 
The Houston native is mostly known for his lavish lifestyle, debonair looks and his contributions to the rap community in the south, but those that know him best cannot deny the fact that “Thugga” loves, supports and represents everything Houston.
 
Outside of his “Boss Life” lifestyle, Slim can be seen inside his former neighborhood, Scenic Woods, located on the north side of Houston, giving back and showing support to new and local talent.
 
“Every year, I do toy drives and turkey give-a-ways for underprivileged kids in my hood. I know what it’s like to have a mom that works more than one job just to provide for her family, so I just play my part in helping those single mothers out,” said the rapper.
 
Slim plays a positive and supportive role in the lives of fresh Houston talent such as Kirko Bangz, Propain and Instagram comedic star, King Keraun, who was featured on Slim’s most recent mixtape entitled “Boss Life.”
 
Slim made a conscious effort to thank all of his family and supporters for making this day possible, but he also made sure to include a positive message for the kids within his speech.
 
“I also want to prove to the youth that dreams can be achieved through hard work and dedication, [and] I want to motivate you to be leaders,” said Thug.
 
Slim ended the day with a special family and friend celebration at his favorite restaurant, Beacoup, followed by a late-night celebration filled with “bottle-poppin” alongside loyal fans and supporters.
 
 

 

 

SLIM THUG GETS HIS OWN DAY IN HOUSTON!

image

image

Jerry Davis, Slim Thug, Madd Hatta 97.9 The Box

After a very aggressive radio campaign Houston rapper Slim Thug gets his own Day.

The proclamation was sponsored by Houston City Councilman Jerry Davis after a radio and social media campaign by 97.9 The Box.

Thugga appeared before Houston City Council with his family to accept the proclamation.

Photos courtesy: Slim Thug Instagram account

THE FIGHT TO CLEAN UP ACRES HOMES!

image

A group of Ministers, Civic Leaders, Business Owners, Educators, Government Officials and Residents are coming together February 27, 2014 at the Sylvester Turner Park, 2800 W. Little York at 10am CST, to respond to the most recent and on-going crime and demoralization that plagues the Acres Homes Community in Houston, Texas.

Thefts, burglaries, robberies, drug activity, and senseless killings will not be overlooked nor tolerated.  The community of Acres Homes, located in N.W. Houston is fighting back!

The coalition is announcing a collaborative initiative “Acres Homes Proud-Together WE Stand” that is purposed to reignite the flame that once burned bright in our community.  We are here to announce to every drug dealer, drug user, thief, murderer, and robber that we are taking our community back through healthy partnerships between residents, business owners, schools, churches, and law enforcement agencies.

The follow-up to the press conference will be the 1st annual Acres Homes Proud-Together WE Stand Rally on March 2, 2014 at the Sylvester Turner Park, 2800 W. Little York at 3pm.  Rally Speakers include City, County, State and National Government Officials, Ministers, Business Owners, School District Leaders, School Principals, Civic Group Leaders, and Several Residents. This event will be fun and empowering for the entire family.

THE FIGHT OVER RECYCLING IN HOUSTON!

image

Environmental and social justice advocates protest outside City Hall to fight proposed new waste facility and show support for expanding recycling to all homes, apartments and businesses

Who:
Melanie Scruggs, Texas Campaign for the Environment, 713-822-2277

Roy Sanchez, Houston Organization of Public Employees (HOPE)

Bryan Parras, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (TEJAS),  lucas77@gmail.com, 713-303-5811

Jacquelyn Young, Miss Houston Rodeo/Texans Together, jeyoung@texanstogether.org, 713-782-8833

Art Browning, Sierra Club Houston Regional Group, art.browning@gmail.com, 281-728-6327

What:
Rally at Houston City Hall to oppose City’s “One Bin for All” waste facility proposal that would eliminate source-separated curbside recycling, and support a Zero Waste Plan that would make it possible to recycle at home, work and play.

When:
Tuesday, February 25th, 12:30pm

Where:
Houston City Hall

901 Bagby St.

(North side on Bagby St.)

Why:
The City of Houston has proposed to trash its single-stream recycling program in 2015 in order to combine recyclables with garbage in “One Bin for All.” The proposal, written with little public input from citizens, provides tax incentives for an expensive waste facility that could incinerate Houston’s trash and threaten surrounding neighborhoods, predominantly low-income communities of color, with dangerous air pollution. By mixing paper, plastic, aluminum etc. with garbage, the scheme would also contaminate recyclables, costing the City jobs and revenue. Community leaders and activists from environmental and social justice organizations are speaking out against the City’s bad plan while advocating for a positive alternative: more big green recycling bins extended to all homes, apartments and businesses, and a long term Zero

A METRO BIG WIG RESIGNS FROM HIS POST AT A CRUCIAL TIME!

image

Mum’s the word over at Metro as a major player and decision maker in the organization calls it quits.

The Factor has learned David Couch has stepped down from his position as Vice President of Capital Programs.

Sources tell the Factor Couch’s responsibility included the acquisition of rail cars for the city’s expanding light rail line.

Insiders say this is a significant resignation for the agency with a $900 million project on the table and it’s at a very critical time for Metro.
image

There’s no official word as to why Couch is stepping down.

One source says there was likely a difference in visions between Couch, upper management, and the board.

Metro’s spokesperson Margaret Molina O’Brian would only say the organization has no official position on Couch’s departure.